Dark matches in WWE usually give fans in attendance insight into ongoing or possible upcoming battles. For tonight’s edition of SmackDown, the promotion announced a big bout. World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins will take on Intercontinental Champion Gunther in Sacramento, CA. As a result, the WWE Universe has started to speculate on whether this is a subtle tease from the promotion.
Despite being on the same brand, the pair have yet to square off in a singles match. It is surprising given that Rollins and Gunther are currently the most talented wrestlers in the WWE. Previously, they were on opposite sides of a 5 vs. 5 Survivor Series tag team match in 2019. However, the In-Ring General was eliminated in quick fashion by Drew McIntyre. Therefore, there was no time for him to square off against Seth Rollins.
At the moment, The Visionary is feuding with Shinsuke Nakamura, who has targeted Rollins’ back since the start of the rivalry. Moreover, the former Shield member is scheduled to defend his title at Fastlane in a Last Man Standing match. Meanwhile, Gunther recently celebrated becoming the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion in history. Over the past few weeks, Tomasso Ciampa has emerged as a possible contender for his title.
Needless to say, a battle between Seth Rollins and Gunther is a possible WrestleMania main event. In fact, the latter is an early favorite to win the Men’s Royal Rumble match in 2024. Therefore, we might see a high-voltage clash at the Showcase of Immortals next year if things play out accordingly.
WWE’s recent deal with Japan could hamper Seth Rollins’ chances at Fastlane
WWE announced a partnership with ABEMA to exclusively broadcast its product in Japan. Moreover, The Great Muta will act as an ambassador for the broadcast on September 29. After the announcement, fan speculation kicked off online about whether this may affect Seth Rollins’ World Heavyweight Championship reign.
The Visionary is gearing up to face Shinsuke Nakamura at Fastlane for his belt. Hence, many believe that the Japanese wrestler winning the title would help the WWE’s market flourish in the country. Previously, Jinder Mahal shockingly captured the WWE title in 2017 to help the company gain more followers from India.
Although the experiment failed to achieve its goal, fans cannot rule out a Nakamura victory at the upcoming PLE. It will be interesting to see whether the King of Strong Style finally gains his first World title on the WWE main roster.
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